Panagiotis Kavvadias (1850–1928) was a Greek archaeologist. He was
responsible for excavations of the city of Epidaurus, of the Acropolis
of Athens (map pictured), and on his native island of Kephallonia. As
Ephor General, the head of the Greek Archaeological Service, from 1885
until 1909, Kavvadias oversaw the service's expansion and the
introduction of Law 2646 of 1899 which increased the state's powers to
prevent illegal excavations and antiquities smuggling. He has been
credited with completing the transformation of the Acropolis from castle
to monument, uncovering many ancient monuments. He oversaw the opening
of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens and organised its first
collections. He was also a professor at the University of Athens.
Regarded as energetic, centralising and autocratic, he was criticised by
native Greek archaeologists, and removed from office in 1909. He
returned to public and academic life in 1912, and remained active in
Greek archaeology until his death.
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